Category Archives: California

Remote wilderness. At the northern boundary of Death Valley National Park in California, the mountains of the Last Chance Range ring the towering Eureka Sand Dunes, the tallest dunes in the park. Another elusive system of dunes is located in the area, the appropriately labeled Hidden Dunes. Eureka Valley is reached via a long drive […]

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High above Death Valley. High in the Funeral Mountains of the Amargosa Range, Chloride Cliff offers sweeping views of the north end of Death Valley from a vantage similar to that of Dante’s View and Aguereberry Point. It is, however, much more difficult to access than the other two points, requiring a high clearance 4WD […]

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Mystical. A natural wonder of gnarled limestone beds in a far-flung corner of Death Valley National Park, the Striped Butte rises 774 feet from the floor of Butte Valley which itself lies 4000 feet above sea level. Most visitors to the park will never see this stupendous hunk of rock. Its remoteness and the daunting […]

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Connecting with the Cosmos. On April 1 and 2, NASA hosted an event to celebrate 50 years of its Deep Space Network (DSN). I was lucky to be part of a pool of 50 drawn from all over the USA to participate in this event. On Day 1 we were given a tour of the […]

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In the middle of nowhere. Photographer Peter Lik‘s gallery in Death Valley Junction, California, photographed at dusk. Earlier in December, I came upon this arresting scene while driving by the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel at daybreak. By the time I got my tripod and camera ready, enough daylight had ensued for the sensor-driven switches […]

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